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Results List

150 Hikes
Mount Challenger

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8236.0 ft.
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Tower Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
25.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 8444.0 ft.
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The route to Tower Mountain is a Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 
Lake Ann (Rainy Pass)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(18 votes)
The trail to Lake Ann is a wonderful, short way to see the impressive glaciated valley encircled by the popular Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Lake Ann features views of ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, a lake ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Harts Pass to Rainy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
30.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Walk along the Pacific Crest Trail through some of the most stunning landscape Washington has to offer. Traverse the treeline as you enjoy sweeping views and mountain passes.
 
 
Colonial Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
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A climb to a peak on the North Cascades Highway. Climbing gear and experience as well as route finding knowledge required.
 
 
Stehekin to Rainy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
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Connect between the Stehekin River and Rainy Pass on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of peaks in every direction capture the hiker's attention as you walk through the beautiful North Cascades.
 
 
Jack Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 9066.0 ft.
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The route to Jack Mountain is a Class 5 and above and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 
Thunder Woods Nature Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 305 ft.
Highest Point: 1620.0 ft.
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Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
An informative 0.9 mile loop hike through the forest.
 
 
River Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
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This trail can be accessed from the Newhalem Creek Campground. The one mile loop trail will take you through green forest and along the Skagit River with sweeping views.
 
 
Klawatti Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8485.0 ft.
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Ross Dam Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
This forested trail in the North Cascades National Park Complex leads down to Ross Lake and the network of trails in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Look out over both Ross Lake and Ross Dam before making your way down to Ross Dam itself
 
 
Park Creek Pass via Thunder Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
55.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
A 4-5 day backpack up the tumbling, boisterous, river-like Thunder Creek from the Colonial Creek Campground to just beyond its headwaters at Park Creek Pass. Backpackers can turn around at Park Creek Pass (45.6 miles) or do a traverse to Cascade Pass (41.8 miles).
 
 
Skagit River Loop Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 597.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
This is a lovely little trail tucked behind the North Cascades Visitor Center outside of Newhalem. Learn about the area by exploring inside the Visitor Center, and then see some of the natural wonders for yourself by wandering down the River Loop Trail to the Skagit River.
 
 
Rockport State Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
The family friendly trails of 670-acre Rockport State Park explore an ancient forest where dappled sunlight illuminates mossy trees and lush ferns -- perfect for a springtime stroll.
 
 
Ruby Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6300 ft.
Highest Point: 7408.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
Ruby Mountain is a 7408-foot peak in the center of the North Cascades. It has one of the best panoramic views of the lakes, snow-capped peaks and glaciers of the North Cascades National Park.
 
 
Sahale Glacier

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
 
A popular climbing route in the North Cascades. Proper gear and expertise is required.
 
 
Sauk Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(53 votes)
A popular trail with great views of the Sauk and Skagit river valleys, Cascade mountain peaks, and on a good clear day, the Olympics and San Juan Islands. There will also be plenty of wildflowers to please photographers and hiking plant nerds alike.
 
 
Sauk Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
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2.50
(6 votes)
You’ve done Sauk Mountain and marveled at the fabulous views, now hike down to the delightful little lake you see from the top! The trail is a bit rough and overgrown, but the lake is a quiet alternative to the busy trail above.
 
 
Rainbow Creek Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
33.0 miles, roundtrip
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The Rainbow Creek trail provides day-hike diversions to visitors to the Stehekin Valley, but you'll need more than a few hours to truly appreciate the full length of the trail.
 
 
Rasar State Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 125.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Explore a beautiful state park near the Skagit River with an extensive trail network and beautiful campsites.
 
 
Pyramid Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
This is a nice, quiet little forest hike, where the journey is half the destination. The lake is pond sized, and surrounded by large boulders. It is pretty in its own way, a still lake with nice reflections, yellow waterlilies and silvered logs floating on the surface. The clumps of grasses and moss growing on the floating logs create a mini ecosystem to observe up close.
 
 
Monogram Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4675 ft.
Highest Point: 5719.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
This gem of an alpine lake, situated in a cirque beneath the glaciated summit of Little Devil Peak, is ringed by verdant meadows and frequented by resident wildlife.
 
 
Lookout Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5719.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
To get panoramic views of the North Cascades without fighting the crowds at Cascade Pass or Hidden Lake Lookout, look no further than Lookout Mountain, an arduous climb that often gets overlooked by hikers heading to North Cascades National Park. From the fire lookout on the summit, enjoy 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and a panoply of other North Cascades giants.
 
 
Little Jack Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
13.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3935 ft.
Highest Point: 5896.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
 
This summit off of Highway 20 offers gorgeous views of the craggy North Cascades and a great workout.
 
 
Little Beaver Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
35.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6213 ft.
Highest Point: 5197.0 ft.
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Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
A trek through the Little Beaver valley in the heart of the North Cascades offers remarkable old-growth forest, phenomenal mountain views and plenty of options for backpackers.
 
 
Mount Hardy

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.68 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4299 ft.
Highest Point: 7924.0 ft.
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0.00
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A summit hike just off of Highway 20. Route finding experience required.
 
 
Rainbow-McAlester Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6650 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
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Sample the best the North Cascades has to offer—subalpine lakes, forested valleys and rugged mountain passes—on this multiday trek.
 
 
Twisp Pass via Dagger Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 6060.0 ft.
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0.00
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Take a walk in the forest on this trail as it climbs past a shallow lake and continues nearly to treeline at Twisp Pass. The upper half of the trail is flowered in summer and the power of avalanches is evident in the pick-up-sticks debris field shortly before Dagger Lake. At Twisp Pass in an intersection with many informal trails for further exploration.
 
 
Gorge Lake Overlook

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.53 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This very short trail provides astonishing views of nature’s beauty as well as humanity's technological “improvements” upon it. Half this loop is paved, allowing an out-and-back for all family members, while the remaining graveled loop section is never steep nor too challenging.
 
 
Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
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0.00
(0 votes)
This is a nice little leg stretcher just off the North Cascades Highway. Especially good in winter, when the highway is closed, and the eagles are feeding along the Skagit River.